Book Review: Magination Press Offers Cool Doodle Workbook for Exploring Feelings

Mothernova's Book ReviewsDo your kids like to doodle? Do they have a doodle workbook? If school, after-school and weekend activities are pulling you and your kiddos in all different directions and leaving behind some very big feelings, Elise Gravel’s new workbook How Do You Doodle? may be just what your family needs.

These days, many kids bounce from one activity to the next without enough down time to process the many emotions they are experiencing. And even if you give kids enough downtime, working through new feelings is an inevitable and huge part of growing up!

Gravel provides over 40 fun, thought-provoking and creative “doodle games” in a 96-page workbook that inspire doodling, writing and working through thoughts and feelings.

Three silly and whimsical characters–Otti, Ugga and Flibb–narrate the workbook. They doodle all the time! Their thoughtful and fun exercises will help kids connect with feelings like being scared, annoyed, frustrated, angry, sad, embarrassed, worried and lonely.

Let’s work out our feelings and doodle!

What would a glass of water look like if it’s angry? How does your body feel today? Gravel asks you to draw inside a bottle something that feels scary, and then draw a cork on the bottle. She also focuses on positive emotions, asking you to draw things and people that fill you with joy.

This workbook really taps into how children think and feel as it encourages connecting with emotions in terms of what they feel and look like.

Doodling is brilliant! It sets the stage for connecting with, exploring and understanding our feelings in a fun and thoughtful way. And most importantly, this workbook paved the way for an important and fun dialogue with my son, who couldn’t put the workbook down!

Magination Press, the American Psychological Association’s children’s book imprint, hits a home run with this workbook, which is designed for ages 6 to 10. Not only is it a gold medal winner for the Mom’s Choice Awards, but it also is an IndieFab book of the year award winner.

Please note that I used to review books for Children’s Literature in Washington, D.C. This was an unpaid position. They provide books to review, which I get to keep, but the reviews are my own. You can find my reviews on their website. I post the reviews that are of interest to the parenting and food allergy communities in the “On the Shelves” section on my blog.

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